The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to pass a mammoth spending package including $675 billion for the Defense Department and a measure to keep the entire federal government open until December 7, a step toward avoiding a September 30 shutdown.
The Senate voted 93 to 7 for the $855 billion package, combining the two largest annual spending bills—for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments as well as the Pentagon.
It also includes a continuing resolution that would cover government operations not otherwise funded before the current fiscal year ends on September 30, giving lawmakers more time to finalize next year’s spending.
To become law, the package would have to pass the House of Representatives, which is out of Washington until September 25, and then be signed by President Donald Trump.
Read more in Reuters.